Saturday, 10 October 2020

New programme book in my collection : 'Dark Spring' by Hans Thomalla in Mannheim

 Yesterday, I have received the programme book published by the Nationaltheater Mannheim for the world première performance of Dark Spring, a new opera composed by Hans Thomalla with a libretto by the composer after Frank Wedekind's play Frühlings Erwachen.


It is a 72 pages book, entirely in German. It contains :

- the complete cast for the world première performance ;
- plot summary ;
- a conversation between composer Hans Thomalla, stage director Barbora Horakova and Cordula Dermattio ;
- Das Gehabe, an excerpt of Édouard Louis' novel Das Ender von Eddy ;
- 16 pages of colour photos from the rehearsals ;
- the complete libretto in the original English, with a German translation ;
- short biographies of composer, conductor, stage director and sets and costumes designer.

I have catalogued all my programme books on LibraryThing.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Today : world première of 'Ritratto' by Willem Jeths in Amsterdam

Today, the Dutch National Opera and Ballet presents the world première of Ritratto, an opera composed by Willem Jeths with a libretto by Frank Siera.

(c) Friso Keuris

It is the composer's second opera after Hôtel de Pékin - dreams for a dragon queen (Enschede, 2008).
Luisa Casati Stampa di Soncino (1881–1957) led a life of wealth and extravagance in high-society Paris, Venice and Rome, where she surrounded herself with prominent artists, following her motto: ‘I want to be a living work of art’. She had a turbulent relationship with Gabriele d’Annunzio, Léon Bakst designed exotic dresses for her, and she commissioned countless portraits of herself by artists including Kees van Dongen, Filippo Marinetti, Man Ray, Romaine Brooks and Giovanni Boldini. (reproduced from the Dutch National Opera website)

The cast includes soprano Verity Wingate (Luisa Casati), mezzo Polly Leech (Romaine Brooks), tenor Paride Cataldo (Gabriele d'Annunzio), baritone Martin Mkhize (Garbi), tenor Gerben van der Werf (Sergei Diaghilev), countertenor Lucas van Lierop (Man Ray) and baritone Dominic Kraemer (Kees van Dongen). Geoffrey Paterson conducts the Residentie Orkest Den Haag. Marcel Sijm directs.

The performance should last about 90 minutes (no interval). It was supposed to take place on March 13 but was postponed because of the Covid pandemic.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Today : world première of 'Dark Spring' by Hans Thomalla in Mannheim


Today, the Nationaltheater Mannheim presents the world première of Dark Spring, an opera in 11 scenes, composed by Hans Thomalla with a libretto by the composer based on Frank Wedekind's play Frühlingserwachen.


It is the composer's third opera, after Fremd (Stuttgart, July 2, 2011) and Kaspar Hauser (Freiburg, April 9, 2016). Belgian composer Benoît Mernier also adapted the play as an opera (first performed at La Monnaie in Brussels, March 9, 2007).

Dark Spring is an opera about four young people under extreme pressure: the pressure to overachieve academically, to score high in the popularity contests at school or at college, and to perform romantically or sexually. The pressure has become entirely internalized as parents or teachers are absent and the protagonists are left alone with late capitalism’s demands of permanent self-optimization. The conflict between the expectation to succeed on the one hand and the sense of powerlessness and unattainable self-determination in an era of constant stagnation on the other hand grows increasingly acute until it eventually flips into violence: into Melchior’s sexual aggression and Moritz suicide. (reproduced from the NTM website).

The cast includes mezzo Shachar Lavi (Wendla), mezzo Anna Hybiner (Ilse), countertenor Magid El-Bushra (Moritz) and tenor Christopher Diffey (Melchior). Alan Pierson conducts the Nationaltheater-Orchester. Barbora Horáková Joly directs.

The performance should last about 90 minutes. No intermission.


Thursday, 20 August 2020

Today : world première of 'Impresario Dotcom' by Ľubica Čekovská in Bregenz

Today, the Bregenz Fetival presents the world première of Impresario Dotcom, a new opera buffa in four acts composed by Ľubica Čekovská, with a libretto in Italian by Laura Olivi based on Carlo Goldoni's comedy.

It is the composer's third opera after As Time Goes By (collective opera, Hannover, September 29, 2005) and Dorian Gray (Bratislava, November 8, 2013).

Ali, a wealthy merchant from Smyrna, is planning to introduce Italian opera into Turkey and has enlisted the aid of two agents, Count Lasca and Nibio. Ali is attracted to three pretty sopranos, Lucrezia, Tognina and Annina, but their constant bickering over who is to be considered the prima donna and the exorbitant demands of all concerned make him reconsider his plans. He returns to the relative peace of his Smyrna harem, leaving the company a small sum of money, which they decide to spend on launching a theatre. (reproduced from the bookdepository website)

The cast includes actress Zeynep Buyraç (Dotcom), baritone Christoph Pohl (Conte Lasca), countertenor Hagen Matzeit (Orfeo), soprano Eva Bodorová (Olympia), mezzo Terezia Kružliaková (Carmen), soprano Adriana Kučerová (Violetta) and tenor Simeon Esper (Tamino). Christopher Ward conducts the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra. Elisabeth Stöppler directs.

The performance should last about 90 minutes (no interval). The venue is the Festspielhaus.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Cancelled or postponed world première performances

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the following world première performances were cancelled or postponed :

- Willem Jeths, Ritratto, Amsterdam, March 13, 2020 ;
- Laurence Jobidon, L'Hiver attend beaucoup de moi, Montréal, March 19, 2020 ;
- Thierry Pécou, Until the Lions, Strasbourg, March 21st, 2020 ;
- Paola Prestini, Edward Tulane, St. Paul (Minnesota Opera), March 21st, 2020 ;
- Tomas Marco, Policias y ladrones, Madrid (Zarzuela), March 26, 2020 ;
- Ben Moore, The House on Kronenstrasse, New York (Chelsea Opera), March 27, 2020 ;
- Christian Jost, Voyage vers l'espoir, Genève, March 30, 2020 ;
- Peter Bruun, The Merchant of Death, Copenhagen, March 31, 2020 ;
- Salvatore Sciarrino, Il canto s'attrista, perché ?, Klagenfurt, April 3, 2020 ;
- Avner Dorman, Die Kinder des Sultans, Dortmund, April 5, 2020 ;
- Ben Frost, Der Mordfall Halit Yozgat, Hannover, April 17, 2020 ;
- Lucia Ronchetti, Inferno, Frankfurt (Bockenheimer Depot), April 18, 2020 (postponed to June 27, 2021) ;
- Mike Svoboda, Die Katze, die ihre eigenen Wege ging, Linz, April 19, 2020 ;
- Johanna Doderer, Schuberts Reise nach Atzenbrugg, München (Gärtnerplatz.), April 23, 2020 ;
- Héctor Armienta, Zorro, Fort Worth, April 26, 2020 ;
- Thierry Escaich, Shirine, Lyon, May 2nd, 2020 (postponed to May 7, 2022) ;
- Christian Favre, Davel, Lausanne, May 3rd, 2020 ;
- Jan Dvorak, Krabat, Gelsenkirchen, May 9, 2020 ;
- Volker Plangg, Katharina Kepler, Pforzheim, May 16, 2020 ;
- Andres Reukauf, Jonas, der Walfisch, Hagen, May 16, 2020 ;
- Gordon Kampe, Spring doch, Munich, May 17, 2020 (postponed to December 4, 2020) ;
- Ole Hübner, Revenants and Revolution, Munich, May 17, 2020 ;
- Stefan Wirth : Girl with a Pearl Earring, Zurich, May 24, 2020.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Today : world première of 'Genia' by Tscho Theissing in Vienna

Today, the Theater an der Wien in Vienna presents the world première of Genia, an opera composed by Tscho Theissing, with a libretto by Kristine Tornquist.

(c) Christoph Hellhake
It is the composer's first opera.
Ludwig van Beethoven is attending a rehearsal of one of his symphonies. His secretary Anton Schindler bustles around him tirelessly and subserviently. Beethoven is very unhappy with the rehearsal; his ideas about how fast an allegro should be are totally different from those of the orchestra. He is annoyed. But the solution to the  tempo problem appears in the persons of the inventors Johann and Leonhard  Maelzel. Whereas Beethoven believes in art, the Maelzels believe in technology. Their latest invention concerns both worlds: a timekeeping device called  “metronome”. This should make an end to quarrels between orchestras and composers. Beethoven, though, is more interested in the Maelzels’ talented assistant Elise. She is fascinated by the gruff genius, too. But Leonhard  Maelzel gets jealous because he wants to marry Elise himself. Despite this, the Maelzels develop a  mechanical orchestra for Beethoven with 259 instruments, the Panharmonicon. But  the composer and the inventor start arguing while Elise is trying to unite technology  and art. (reproduced from the Theater an der Wien website)
The cast includes baritone Kristjan Johannesson (Beethoven), soprano Jenna Siladie (Elise), bass Ivan Zinoviev (Johann Nepomuk Mälzel), tenor Quentin Desgeorges (Leonhard Mälzel), tenor Johannes Bamberger (Anton Schindler) and soprano Ilona Revolskaya (Genia). George Jackson conducts the Wiener KammerOrchester. Kateryna Sokolova directs.

The venue is the Kammeroper.

(The première was postponed from March 5 to March 10, because the director was ill).

Monday, 9 March 2020

Three new programme books in my collection

I have recently acquired three new programme books for contemporary operas :

 - Hans Werner Henze : L'Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe, Madrid, December 7th, 2004 ;
- Vittorio Montalti : Un romano a Marte, Roma, November 22, 2019 ;
- Jüri Reinvere : Minona, Regensburg, January 25, 2020.

The first one is 191 pages book, the second a 138 pages book, the third a 32 pages brochure.

I have catalogued all my 1492 programme books on Librarything.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Today : world première of 'The Papess Joanne' by Yiorgos Vassilandonakis in Athens

Today, the Greek National Opera presents the world première of The Papess Joanne, an opera composed by Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, with a libretto by Vangelis Hadjiyannidis after Emmanuel Roidis' novel.

It is the composer's second opera after Dance with Me (Athens, 2008).
My goal was to portray a restless and unconventional spirit, a tragic and at the same time romantic figure, that is constantly transforming itself, destroying and reorienting itself against everything, to the very end. (reproduced from the Greek National Opera website)
The cast includes soprano Chrissa Maliamani (Papess Joanne), mezzo Margarita Syngeniotou (Santa Liova), baritone Dionysios Sourbis (Frumentius / Floros), baritone Kostis Rasidakis (Corvinus), tenor Yannis Christopoulos (Nikitas) and countertenor Nikos Spanatis (Pope Leo IV). Stathis Soulis conducts the GNO Orchestra and Chorus. Dimitris Karantzas directs.

The venue is the Stavros Niarchos Hall.

Friday, 6 March 2020

Today : world première of 'L'Européenne' by Richard van Schoor in Lübeck

Today, the Theater Lübeck presents the world première of L'Européenne, an opera composed by Richard van Schoor, with a libretto by Thomas Goerge.

It is the composer's second opera after Alp Arslan (Gießen, May 4, 2019).
The European development worker Lena gets to know Boubakar at an electrical waste disposal site in a large African city. He follows her to Germany. But Lena is sick, on a date with Boubakar she kills herself with tablets. Boubakar flees the apartment, is arrested and charged with murder. In kaleidoscopic images, the opera based on the short film »The Wrong Side« by Lionel Poutiaire Somé shows the story of the relationship between an African migrant and a European. As a cinema opera, "L’Européenne" combines cinematic means in different ways with the performance of the performers on stage. (freely adapted from the Theater Lübeck website)
The cast includes soprano Emma McNairy (Lena), soprano Caroline Nkwe (several parts), tenor Owen Metsileng (Bouba), baritone Steffen Kubach (several parts) and bass Youngkug Jin (Féticheur). Andreas Wolf conducts the Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck and the Lübeck Theater Chorus. Lionel Poutiaire Somé directs.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Today : world première of Roland Fister's 'Die Prinzessin auf dem Kürbis' in Coburg.

Today, the Landestheater Coburg presents the world première of Die Prinzessin auf dem Kürbis (The Princess and the Pumpkin), a children opera composed by Roland Fister with a libretto by Heinz Janisch based on the children story.

(c) Nicolas Kroeger

It is the composer's third opera after Dorian Gray and Die Schatzinsel (Coburg, 2016).
A sign on the castle wall reads "Princess wanted ! Pea princess, no thanks !”. After the prince met the famous princess on the pea at the wedding of the neighboring prince, one thing is certain for him : such a squeamish princess will never come to his castle ! Encouraged by the sign, two princesses try their luck, but the prince is so rude that despite the efforts of his servant Dragonbane, they quickly run away. Until one night a princess shows up who can even sleep on a pumpkin... (freely adapted from the Landestheater Coburg website)
The cat includes soprano Laura Incko (The Princess on the Pumpkin), mezzo Kora Pavelic (Miranda), soprano Dimitra Kotidou (The Princess on the Pea), tenor Peter Aisher (The Prince) and baritone Marvin Zobel (Leupold Dragonbane). The composer conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Landestheater Coburg. Ilaria Lanzino directs.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Today : three new short operas in Stockholm

Today, the Royal Opera in Stockholm presents the world première of three short operas composed by three Swedich composers with libretti based on real events :

Viktor Åslund's Value Creation, with a libretto by Hermann Schneider, is a bizarre story, inspired by film noir, that looks deeply into the moral mire of the world of finance.
The cast includes soprano Kristina Hansson Unander (Nora), mezzo Louise Reitberger (Christina), tenor Michael Stenbaek (Charles) and baritone Peter Haeggström (Ed). Natalie Ringler directs.
Malin Hülphers' comedy Jag kommer hem (I’m Coming Home), with a libretto by Lotta Olsson, goes straight into a comical conversation with a marriage counsellor.
The cast includes bass Thorvald Bergström (Mannen), mezzo Therese Badman Stenius (Kvinnan) and tenor Anders Blom (Terapeuten). Ola Eliasson directs.
Andrea Tarrodi's Sigrid H. is inspired by Sigrid Hjertén, a much-loved artist whose paintings never cease to inspire.
The cast includes alto (Katarina Böhm (Sigrid), tenor Simon Petersson (Isaac), bass Thorvald Bergström (Einar) and bass Peter Achrén (Läkaren). Natalie Ringler directs.

For all three operas, James Grossmith conducts musicians of the Royal Swedish Orchestra. The venue is the Rotundan. The performance should last about 90 minutes, with one intermission.

Today : world première of 'Egmont' by Christian Jost in Vienna

Today, the Theater an der Wien presents the world première of Egmont, an opera in 15 scenes composed by Christian Jost, with a libretto by Christoph Klimke and the composer using works of Goethe.

It is the composer's 10th opera. His previous operas include Hamlet (Komische Oper Berlin, June 21st, 2009), Mikropolis (Komische Oper Berlin, October 30, 2011) and Rote Laterne (Zürich, March 8, 2015).
The Spanish Netherlands rise up against the rule of Philip II. They are demanding freedom of religion and greater autonomy for their country. Spain’s governor, Philip’s half-sister Margarete of Parma, repeatedly  tries to find compromises. The Dutch nobility hope that she will act as their ally in search for a diplomatic solution. In  particular, Prince Egmont of Gaure is one of those wishing to negotiate a satisfactory  and fair peace with her help. Philip II, however, sends the Duke of Alba, who has a reputation for ruthlessness, to his sister with the task of putting an end to all discussion through armed force. Egmont refuses to believe that Philip is so inflexible. But it quickly becomes clear how hopeless this all is: Alba secretly has Margarete  murdered. Now he has the imprudent Egmont arrested and the only hope the  prisoner and his beloved Clara have is Alba’s son Ferdinand who seems fascinated  by Egmont’s ideas of freedom: will he break the cycle of oppression and exploitation or will he only perpetuate it ? (reproduced from the Theater an der Wien website)
The cast includes tenor Edgars Montvidas (Egmont), soprano Maria Bengtsson (Clara), mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager (Margarete von Parma), bass baritone Karoly Szemeredy (Macchiavelli) and baritone Bo Skovhus (Herzog Alba). Michael Boder conducts the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and the Arnold Schoenberg Chor. Keit Warner directs.

The score is published by Schott.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Today : world première of 'Freedom Ride' by Dan Shore in Chicago

Today, the Chicago Opera Theater presents the world première of Freedom Ride, an opera composed by Dan Shore on his own libretto.

It is the composer's fourth opera, after The Beautiful Bridegroom (2009), An Embarrassing Position (2013) and Anne Hutchinson (2014).
When the Congress of Racial Equality comes to New Orleans in the sweltering summer of 1961, Sylvie Davenport is torn. Handed a pamphlet and asked to board a Greyhound bus, Sylvie is forced to choose between her academic future and the future of the nation in a story that highlights how far we’ve come and how far we still have left to go. (reproduced from the Chicago Opera Theater website)
The cast includes soprano Dara Rahming (Sylvie Davenport), soprano Whitney Morrison (Leonie Baker), mezzo Zoie Reams (Georgia Davenport), tenor Tyrone Chambers (Russell Davenport), tenor Cornelius Johnson (Rev. Jerome Mitchell) and baritone Robert Sims (Clayton). Lidiya Yankovskaya conducts the Chicago Sinfonietta. Tazewell Thompson directs.

The venue is the Studebaker Theater.

The performance should last about 2 hours, including one intermission.

Today : world première of 'Dschungel' by Manuel Renggli in Luzern

Today, the Luzerner Theater presents the world première of Dschungel (Jungle), a brass-opera composed by Manuel Renggli with a libretto by Michael Fehr based on Rudyard Kipling's book.

It is the composer's first opera.
Brahma, a young girl escaping her weak mother, flees in the jungle. There, she discovers an world inhabited by animals who might help or hinder her : Atlanta the yellow snake, which might not be as wise as it would like to be, the wild gray monkeys and the dazzling birds. At the end of her adventurous trip between reality, fantasy and hallucination, Brahma has learned that of she can't choose her own life, she can take it with her own hands. (freely adapted from the Luzerner Theater website)
The cast includes soprano Nina Schnürpel (Atlanta), soprano Rebecca Krynski Cox (Raja), mezzo Sarah Alexandra Hudarew (Samreh), baritone Jason Cox (Red Baron's Son), bass Vuyani Mlinde (Red Baron) and actress Nina Langensand (Brahma). Michael Bach or William Kelley conducts the Brassband Bürgermusik Luzern and the Chorus of the Luzerner Theater. Tom Ryser directs.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Today : world première of 'Monument' by Marko Ivanovic in Brno

Today, the National Theatre in Brno presents the world première of Monument, an opera composed by Marko Ivanovic, with a libretto by David Radok.

It is at least the composer's second opera, after Enchantia (Prague, January 14, 2012).
The authors were inspired by the life story of Otakar Švec, who was forced by the powers that be to compete with many other artists in a contest to create a monument for J.V. Stalin. Not even his effort to solve the situation by designing a monument which was impossible to realize prevented Švec from winning the contest, and he took his life shortly before the uncovering of the completed work. (reproduced from the Brno Theatre website).
The cast includes baritone Svatopluk Sem (Sochar), mezzo Markéta Cukrova (Manzelka), baritone Roman Hoza (Kolega) and tenor Ondrej Koplik (Ministr kultury). The composer conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Brno National Theatre. David Radok directs.

The venue is the Janacek Theatre.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Today : world première of 'Eurydice' by Matthew Aucoin in Los Angeles

Today, the Los Angeles Opera presents the world première of Eurydice, an opera in three acts composed by Matthew Aucoin, with a libretto by Sarah Ruhl.

It is the composer's third opera after Crossing (Boston, MA, May 29, 2015) and Second Nature (Chicago, August 19, 2015).
Tragically killed on her wedding day, a young bride descends into the underworld, where she reconnects with her adoring father. Presented with the opportunity to return to her husband in the world of the living, she must now choose between the two men she loves. (reproduced from the Los Angeles Opera website)
The score is published by AMP (Associated Music Publishers). According the the Music Sales Classical website, the required orchestra is the following :

- 3 flutes (doubling 2 piccolos), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 2 bassoons (doubling 2 contrabassoons) ;
- 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba ;
- timpani and 4 percussion players ;
- piano and 2 harps ;
- strings.

The vocal score is available on their website.

The cast includes soprano Danielle de Niese (Eurydice), baritone Rod Gilfry (Eurydice's Father), baritone Joshua Hopkins (Orpheus), countertenor John Holiday (Orpheus Double) and tenor Barry Banks (Hades). The composer conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Los Angeles Opera. Mary Zimmerman directs.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

New programme book : 'Die Schule' by Peter Androsch in Linz

This morning, I have received the programme book published by the Landestheater Linz for the world première of Die Schule oder das Alphabet der Welt by Peter Androsch.

It is a 36 pages brochure. It contains :

- complete cast and crew ;
- synopsis : scenes order ;
- Hans May : "Weisst du noch... ?" wie wir wurden, was wir sind ;
- Peter Androsch : Von der Schule zum Musiktheater ;
- Bernhard Doppler : Tableau vivant ;
- Robert Menasse : Das 25-jährige Maturajubiläum ;
- Katharina John : Schule neu denken (dialogue with Peter Androsch) ;
- biographies of composer Peter Androsch and librettists Silke Dörner and Bernhard Doppler ;
- several photos of the dress rehearsal on January 14, 2020.

The libretto and full score are available online (click on 'Musiktheater').

The programme book is entirely in German.

I am currently cataloguing all my programme books on LibraryThing. With 664 books added so far, I am almost half way.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Today : world première of 'Minona' by Jüri Reinvere in Regensburg

Today, the Theater Regensburg presents the world première of Minona, an opera composed by Jüri Reinvere, who also wrote the libretto.

It it the composer's third opera, after Puhdistus (The Purge, Helsinki, April 20, 2012) and Peer Gynt (Oslo, November 29, 2014).
This work is dedicated to a both unusual and spectacular topic – Beethoven’s presumed natural daughter, Minona von Stackelberg, and his 'Immortal Beloved' Josephine Brunsvik. The presumption is that Josephine Brunsvik was the recipient of Beethoven’s letter addressed to his 'Immortal Beloved'. Josephine had been married since 1810 to her second husband Christoph Baron von Stackelberg. Much points to a meeting between Beethoven and Brunsvik in July 1812. At this point Josephine’s marriage was already on the rocks. Nine months after this meeting Josephine gave birth to daughter Minona. Some of her compositions are still intact. (reproduced from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation website)
The cast includes soprano Theodora Varga (Minona), soprano Anna Pisareva (Josephine), mezzo Vera Semieniuk (Gräfin von Goltz), baritone Johannes Mooser (Graf von Teleki) and tenor Deniz Yilmaz (Attila de Gerando). Chin-Chao Lin conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra Regensburg and the Chorus of the Theater Regensburg. Hendrik Müller directs.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Today : world première of 'Les Bains macabres' by Guillaume Connesson in Compiègne

Today, the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne presents the world première of Les Bains macabres, an opera in four acts composed by Guillaume Connesson with a libretto by Olivier Bleys.

It it the composer's first opera.
What is happening at Bains Terminus, a thermal establishment on the shores of the Mediterranean ? The curists mysteriously disappear one after the other ... The police leads the investigation, with Nestor Gobineau, its director, as the main suspect and Célia Verdier, an employee, fiancée to Mathéo who is among the list of missing. But the dead did not say their last word in this story where ghosts invite themselves into the real world and where the living communicate with the dead. (freely adapted from the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne website)
The cast includes soprano Sandrine Buendia (Célia Verdier), tenor Fabien Hyon (Nestor Gobineau), mezzo Anna Destraël (Miranda Joule) , bass Nathanaël Tavernier (Prosper Lampon) and baritone Romain Dayez (Mathéo). Arie Van Beek conducts the Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes and the chorus Les Éléments. Florent Siaud directs.

The performance should last about 2 hours.

Following two performances in Compiègne, the opera will be performed at the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet in Paris from January 31st to February 6th.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Today : world première of 'The School or the Alphabet of the World' by Peter Androsch in Linz

Today, the Landestheater Linz presents the world première of Die Schule oder das Alphabet der Welt (The School of the Alphabet of the World), a music theatre piece composed by Peter Androsch with a libretto by Silke Dörner based on research by Bernhard Doppler.

(c) Florian Schwarz

Peter Androsch has already composed several pieces of music theatre, including Komplizierte Tiere (Plauen, November 20, 1993), Schreber (Klagenfurt, March 4, 1999), Spiegelgrund (Wien, January 25, 2013) and Passion (Linz, March 22, 2017).
The composer sets his stories to music in the multidisciplinary project, The School. They are not only biographies of individual personalities but dig deep into the structures of education and learning, thereby depicting a subtle portrait of past and present societies at their core. (reproduced from the Landestheater Linz website)
The cast includes sopranos Svenja Isabella Kallweit and Etelka Sellei, mezzo Florence Losseau, tenor Rafael Hlbig-Kostka, baritone Timothy Connor and bass baritone Philipp Kranjc. Jinie Ka conducts the Bruckner Orchester Linz. Andreas von Studnitz directs.

The venue is the BlackBox Musiktheater.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

New in my collection : programme book for 'Persinette' by Albin Fries in Vienna

Yesterday, I have received in the mail the programme book for Persinette, an opera composed by Albin Fries, first performed in Vienna on December 21st, 2019.

It is a 18 pages brochure. It contains :

- synopsis ;
- short biographies of the composer Albin Fries and the librettist Birgit Mathon ;
- Daten & Fakten, essential facts about the opera ;
- 3 questions to the composer Albin Fries ;
- interview with the stage director Matthias von Stegmann ;
- important notions about opera explained by conductor Guillermo Garcia Calvo ;
- several color photos of rehearsals.

I now have the programme books for 712 contemporary operas. I have scanned all the covers and uploaded the images on flickr.

I am cataloguing all the programme books I have on LibraryThing. I hope to complete the process before the end of April 2020.

Today : world première of 'Chaosmos' by Marc Sinan in Wuppertal

Today, the Oper Wuppertal presents the world première of Chaosmos, an interactive opera composed by Marc Sinan with a libretto by Tobias Rausch.

It is the composer's fourth musical theater project.
The opera house getting turned into a logistics center. This is where Jay and Joe work, incessantly moving crates back and forth with their forklifts. Inside each crate is part of the musical score that tells a story. Joe sorts the stories, while Jay messes them up, allowing new patterns to constantly emerge.
Members of the audience are also able to influence the movement onstage by sorting the crates before the piece begins, adding chaos or structure as the drama unfolds.
The resulting order and disorder randomly combine arias, stories, musical scenes and video projections. Times, places and levels constantly get shifted. The principles of classification created by the naturalist Carl Linnaeus meet the turmoil of the Vietnam War and the history of the ocean container. (reproduced from the composer's website)
The cast includes soprano Wendy Krikken, mezzo Iris Marie Sojer, tenor Adam Temple-Smith and baritone Timothy Edlin. Johannes Pell conducts. Konrad Kästner directs.

The opera will subsequently be performed in Halle (first performance on April 3rd) and in Bremen (first performance on June 20), as part of the NOperas! project.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Today : new programme book in my collection, 'The Selfish Giant' in Melbourne

Today, I have receveid the programme book for the world première of Simon Bruckard's opera The Selfish Giant. It was first performed at the Gasworks Theatre in Melbourne, on October 16, 2019.

It is a 12 pages brochure. It contains :

- complete cast ;
- complete production team ;
- Simon Bruckard : composer's note ;
- Emma Muir-Smith : librettist's note ;
- synopsis ;
- biographies with headshots.

I now have 711 programme books for contemporary operas. I have scanned all the covers and uploadedthe images to this flickr folder.

Recently, I have started to catalogue all the programme books I have on LibraryThing. I hope to complete the task before the beginning of April 2020. Here is the link.